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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Review

Updated on September 27, 2016

“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” is the third installment of the venerable Indiana Jones franchise. This time, Jones (Harrison Ford) sets off on a quest to find the Holy Grail. He eventually teams up with his father, Henry (Sean Connery), an expert on grail lore. Indy’s friends Marcus (Denholm Elliot) and Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) return after missing “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”. Alison Doody plays Elsa, the movie’s love interest, but she is a much darker character than the women from the first two films. Jones must once again battle the Nazis, as he did in Raiders of the Lost Ark. He even has a brief encounter with Hitler himself in this installment.

The best part of ”Last Crusade” is the remarkable chemistry between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery. It’s interesting to watch the two actors together and they have a great time playing off of each other. One memorable scene occurs when they are tied up with rope in a secret Nazi base in Scotland. The two of them accidentally start a fire and manage to save themselves by moving into a fire place (ironic, eh?). The fireplace turns out to be a secret sliding door that transports them into another room, where Nazis shoot at them. There is a fire in one room and a hail of bullets in the other. “Our situation has not improved.” Connery says dryly.

Like all Indiana Jones movies, “Last Crusade” is teeming with action. We get a boat chase, a tank fight, and a chase sequence on a train in a flashback at the beginning of the film (with the late River Phoenix as Indy). The pacing of the film is excellent. There are enough quiet scenes to give the audience room to breathe before the next action sequence. Director Steven Spielberg does a solid job alternating between fast-paced and slow-paced scenes. He finds the right balance between dark themes and humorous moments in this installment.

John Williams provides another memorable, epic score. I especially like the music from late in the film where Indiana must go through the three trials to find the grail. Williams' music always adds an epic, dramatic feel.

“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” is one of the few good “threequels”. The characters literally ride off into the sunset at the end. It is the perfect ending to what should have been a trilogy.

Rating: 9/10

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks! I love 'em too!

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Loved those films, and the last crusade was awesome, great review, and brought back memories! voted up! cheers nell